MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico said on Sunday it was summoning Uruguay's ambassador after Uruguayan President Jose Mujica said that the disappearance of 43 students in southwest Mexico suggests the country is a failed state.
The students, who were likely murdered, were abducted by rogue Mexican police in league with gangs, fueling nationwide protests and creating a political crisis for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
"It gives one the sense, seen from a distance, that this is a kind of failed state, in which public authorities have completely lost control," Mujica said in an interview with Foreign Affairs Latin America that was published on Friday.
Mexico's Foreign Ministry said in a statement it was "surprised and categorically rejects some of the comments expressed in the interview."
Uruguay's Foreign Ministry declined to comment.
(Reporting by Jean Arce and Alexandra Alper in Mexico City, and Malena Castaldi in Montevideo; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)